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  • The Shape of Lies

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Yesterday, Scott was dead. Today, he’s back. And Anna doesn’t believe in ghosts. Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets. Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school. And she’s a good liar. She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Intense and Velvety Smooth!

  • By Simon on 16-04-19

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-19

Awful to the point that I couldn't bear to finish it. The key character Anna (Spike) is unlikable and stupid; the obvious is happening to her and despite being a teacher and seemingly a responsible parent, she is clueless and gushes over this idiot second character Scott, who is another unlikable scally. Sorry to sound harsh but for me, this book was just too bad to continue reading. Narrator was good.

  • A Skinful of Shadows

  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and dark

  • By pmswatson on 19-11-17

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-18

So well written and a cracking adventure and story line. Characters in the book to love and fear. If like me you enjoyed Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials, you will probably enjoy this book too as it shares common ground. Narrator is fantastic too

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  • Good Friday

  • Jane Tennison, Book 3
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Every legend has a beginning.... During 1974 and 1975, the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead and many horribly injured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh No!

  • By Kerrie on 14-12-17

Not the best young Tennison novel but enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-17

I loved the 1970s nostalgia aspect of this novel, I loved the narrator's performance and I loved the array of characters. The plot was a bit thin. I kept thinking where is the twist, and what do I not know yet, but the novel never really challenged me or created tension. Still an enjoyable read though

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-17

I gave up after 2 hours on this. I found the main character Emma difficult to like because she is so neurotic, negative and stressy. The narration is therefore a tense listening experience with a raised anxious voice, shouting, arguments etc. I felt at times that I was listing in to a private domestic dispute. I was interested by the storyline but couldn't connect with the characters and I found myself wanting the bickering and shouty scenes to stop - but they kept on coming! Definitely not for me.

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  • Behind Her Eyes

  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 879

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets...David. Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife...Adele. Beautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally engrossing literally couldn't put this down all day.

  • By Andrew and Andrew's Wife on 27-01-17

Entertaining!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-17

I enjoyed this book. Its easy to follow with a stack of twists to keep you guessing. I found the narrators excellent, they really helped to keep the pace going. For me, the story was marred by none of the key characters being particularly likeable, i found myself not really caring too much who did what and when..but it was entertaining enough to want to complete the book. I'm glad I did too because the ending is excellent. F word was embarrassingly over-used (Louise) throughout though. All in all,not the greatest book in time but it kept me interested and I'll be checking out the author for new reads too

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,796

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Very Enjoyable!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-15

Fantasy novel which will appeal to children and adults alike. Follow Lyra on her adventures in a parallel world where every human has their own daemon, animals can speak and witches really can fly. Great tale - lots to enjoy here for all ages.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,117

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Loved this!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-15

The story is simple and its complete fantasy but a really enjoyable ride. I loved it. It took me until nearly the end of the book to "get " who all the characters were (other than Mark) but it didn't matter a jot. I also had no idea what the acronyms stood for and the technical information is blasted at the reader non stop but again - it didn't matter - the story was engaging and well written and Mark was eminently likable. Narrator - excellent. Thoroughly recommended listen or read.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and found this 2nd book weaker in story line but
the superb writing, rich characters and excellent narration all made this an enjoyable read/listen. The chemistry / friendship and will they / wont they tension between Strike and Robyn builds and i found this as interesting if not more than the very slightly silly plot. A great balance of lovable characters and wretched cads in this novel! I was never bored and the novel skipped along at a fine old pace. Looking forward to number 3.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,162

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem, But Not Flawless.

  • By Richard on 24-01-14

Great narration but dull story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-14

The positive spin on this is I got to the end of this novel and thoroughly enjoyed the narration. I cannot emphasise enough what a fantastic job Juliet Stevenson does with this story. The negative is of course the book itself. I found it really hard to engage with the main female character. I became irritated by the one sided view-point of hers which runs through the entire book. Endless analytical drivel which drove me to the point of not caring one way or another how the story panned out. I just wanted her to shut up and hear someone else's point of view and add a bit of contrast to the tale. I cringed every time the character referred to her lover as "my love" when she knew nothing about the man other than he liked a bit of open air sex! She knew absolutely nothing about him yet she, a seemingly intelligent and astute woman, views this as love and bleats on and on and on about him. I was so bored!

Narration though - superb!! What a fantastic talent JS is.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-14

This audio book has received very positive reviews and for good reason. I found the story to be compelling with characters and a plot that simply draws you in. I became immersed into this tale. For me there was never a dull moment other than "perhaps" the ending which was just a little bit too far fetched but it did not in anyway detract from the sheet enjoyment and thought provoking experience of the book. The book is essentially a thriller but it has so much more - a thickly weaved plot, an array of lovable and otherwise characters and hilarious humour thrown in for good measure. The narrator is stunning and he must have worked very hard to portray such a convincing performance. Highly recommended.

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